×

‘One Direction’ Seeks No. 1 Over Labor Day As ‘Butler’ Stays Close With $18 Million

Sony's 3D concert pic could reach $20 million for top spot

Teenage girls are falling hard for One Direction’s concert movie but it’s the adult audiences’ unwavering support of Oprah’s “The Butler” that continues to impress at the U.S. box office.

The White House drama should earn approximately $18 million over the Labor Day weekend, according to early ticket sales, putting the Weinstein Company pic within striking distance of a third-consecutive box office victory.

Sony’s 3D “One Direction: This Is Us,” directed by Morgan Spurlock, is currently in line for $19 million over the Labor Day weekend and would become only the third concert movie to debut at #1 at the box office if it can stay ahead of “The Butler.”

But again, as of Friday afternoon, the No. 1 position was entirely up for grabs.

This weekend’s other newcomer, WB’s Selena Gomez’s “Getaway,” is screeching toward a $6 million debut. Pic, luckily for the studio, only cost a modest $18 million to produce.

“The Butler,” which was made for only $30 million, has already grossed twice that domestically and could be benefiting this weekend from Thursday’s Martin Luther King March in Washington.

Popular on Variety

Starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, the civil rights drama is also one of the few choices for adult audiences at the traditionally dismal late summer box office.

Another good bet is WB’s “We’re the Millers,” starring Jennifer Aniston, which will cross the $100 million mark by Saturday with $14 million this weekend.

More Film

  • Kevin Hart'Jumanji: The Next Level' film

    Kevin Hart to Star in Action-Comedy from 'Broad City' Alums (EXCLUSIVE)

    Universal Pictures is developing an untitled action-comedy based on an original idea from “Broad City’s” Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs with Kevin Hart attached to star. Aniello and Downs will write the script as well as executive produce. Malcolm D. Lee is on board to direct the film with Will Packer and James Lopez [...]

  • Jeremy Saulnier John Boyega

    Netflix Sets Ensemble for Jeremy Saulnier's 'Rebel Ridge' Starring John Boyega (EXCLUSIVE)

    Don Johnson, James Badge Dale, Zsane Jhe, James Cromwell and “The Crown” breakout Erin Doherty are set to join John Boyega in Netflix’s “Rebel Ridge,” a thriller from “Green Room” writer-director Jeremy Saulnier, Variety has learned. Like the 2013 crime drama “Green Room,” Saulnier’s upcoming movie is said to be a high-velocity thriller that explores [...]

  • The Indoraptor prepares to strike in

    'Jurassic World 3' Director Announces New Title

    Director Colin Trevorrow announced via Twitter on Tuesday that “Jurassic World 3” has started principal production, and he also slyly revealed that the sixth film in the “Jurassic” franchise has a new title: “Jurassic World: Dominion.” The new title — which appears on the slate for the film in Trevorrow’s tweet — evokes the biblical [...]

  • Chuat Reymond

    Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond on Berlin’s ‘My Little Sister’

    Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond’s “My Little Sister” (“Schwesterlein”) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday to strong critical and audience receptions, with particular praise heaped on lead actors Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger. In his Variety review, Guy Lodge praised: “This is bright, unaffected naturalism with a fluidly roving camera, but also a [...]

  • Miriam Haley and Tarale Wulff

    Women Who Testified in Harvey Weinstein Trial Slam His Lawyers for 'Victim Blaming' 

    Six women testified during the Harvey Weinstein rape trial, and now that the former movie mogul was found guilty of two felony charges, those women are speaking out with newfound freedom. Miriam Haley, who was assaulted by Weinstein in 2006, resulting in him being convicted of a criminal sex act (which carries a maximum sentence [...]

  • E. L. James

    Movie Rights to 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Author's 'The Mister' Land at Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

    Following the massive success of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, Universal and author E. L. James are reteaming on the scribe’s next novel as the studio has optioned the rights to “The Mister,” James’ 2019 best-selling romance. Rights for the book, which recently hit the market, sparked a heated bidding war. James, who produced [...]

  • Bad Tales

    'Bad Tales': Film Review

    At a surprise party for his daughter, a randy Italian homeowner studies a neighbor’s wife through the sliding glass door and describes all the ways he’d like to violate her. In the bathroom, his 14-year-old son sits with his best friend, studying the hardcore porn sites listed in the browsing history of Dad’s cellphone. A [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content